ROW80 – R1C7

Posted: February 12, 2012 in ROW80
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This week started out excellent, but pretty much ended in nothingness. I’m actually pretty okay with that, though. Even though I’m not sticking to my schedule as closely as usual, I’m finding myself more rested and more relaxed. I think that’s something that I’ve needed recently. Though I am behind on some of my goals, I’m going to make sure that I make everything up within the next few days. I still want to log in those hours and stay on top of what I’ve assigned for myself.

Here’s the breakdown:

  1. Research for at least half an hour each day. Incomplete. I’m behind two days (not including today) on this one. I do have some good news, though! I finished reading all of my writing books, and I’ve signed up for one month on Writer’s Market. I’m going to see how that goes and then decide whether I should stick with a subscription or not. It scares me to death to think that I’m at this point already – agents and publishers and queries, oh my! – but I’ve got to just move forward and try my hardest to do everything in my power to get this done. I am so over being afraid of moving forward into the unknown.
  2. Do a one hour writing sprint at least three times a week, working on the WIP. DONE! This one is so fabulous, you guys! The muse is beating me over the head with ideas and I just can’t step away from my WIP for more than a day. I’m very thankful that I’ve started this story (the sequel to my first novel, the second book in the trilogy) and that I know what I’m writing towards. Even though I really enjoyed writing down the last story that popped into my head, this series is my grand entrance (I hope) and it’s the one that I care about the most. Being able to write these characters again feels like I’ve finally come home after a really long vacation. I actually managed FIVE writing sprints this week, for a total of 10,380 words this week. That brings my total word count from January up to 35,404.
  3. Exercise for half an hour each day. Incomplete. I’m three days behind on this one (not including today), so I’ve got plenty to make up over the next week. I’m doing much better at eating right and trying to avoid snacking. I’m also starting to slowly lose a little more weight, so that should be some extra motivation to start getting back into my routine.
  4. Do at least one chapter of reading each night. Incomplete. I’m only behind one day on this one, so it’ll be really easy to catch up. I also promised the person I was beta reading for that I’d get it done sometime soon. Shouldn’t be a problem, and I’m excited to get back into it!
  5. Blog at least three times a week, not including my ROW80 updates. Done! I have a confession to make… I think I’m addicted to blogging. No, really. I’m starting to really enjoy this, and it’s so great when I can see some regular faces around here commenting and helping me out. I just started a new series called Wandering Bard (the first one took us to Italy) that I’m really excited about. I have all of these ideas swimming around in my head and I’m trying to include all of them on here. I like not defining my blog about one or two things, but being able to include all of my interests and passions into one place. I’ve also got some cool surprises coming up for all of you, so stick around for next week!

I had one of my own beta readers fall through, so I’m a little lost for what I should do. I was banking on her (an agented writer) to help me out with some tips for my MS, and now that I don’t have that resource, I’m floundering. She would’ve been the first “real” writer to look at it. I have a backup plan, though I just hope she doesn’t mind me pulling a favor from her. *ahem* (She’s probably reading this post…)

  1. Sounds like you got a lot done this week, even if it wasn’t as much as you wanted! I know I have trouble setting goals that involve doing something every day. When I do that, something invariably comes up that prevents me from getting to it at least once, so I’ve taken to allowing for 1 or 2 days off on those goals, while still making them enough work to be challenging. Good luck with this week’s goals, and keep up the good work!

    • Karen Rought says:

      Thanks, Jennette! I’ve thought about allowing myself weekends off or something similar to that, but I just can’t bring myself to it. I need a very structured schedule. I’m afraid if I take a day or two off, it’ll be even harder to get back into things when Monday rolls around. I might give this a try during the next ROW80 round, though. I think I need more balance in my life, and that might be a good place to start. Thanks for stopping in and letting me think at you, lol!!

  2. It sounds like those writing sprints are really working for you! (And that’s the most important thing on your list you know.)

    As for the days off: yes, you have to find what works for you. I find that daily habits are generally better, but I have to worry about burning out. If you can use a change in routine to get rest into your cycle, that can be good. (Since I work part time, I’m using the days at the day job as “weekends” and time off from writing. It isn’t working perfectly yet, but it helps.)

    • Karen Rought says:

      I agree – burning out is my biggest problem right now. I think part of the problem is all the extra stuff that I’m doing that I don’t necessarily talk about on here – staying up to date with my favorite shows, podcasts, watching movies (I’m a movie junkie), etc., and all the other things that I like to stay attuned to that don’t necessarily have anything to do with my writing. It’s probably something I should consider putting on a schedule, too. I love knowing exactly what I have to do in a day, so that might help me to stay on top of everything that I enjoy (not just the working part of it).

  3. Karen, you are so on TOP of your goals. Daily. “Three days behind on this 30 minute daily task.” I look at mine and my brain short circuits. Must. Do. Better.

    I love the diversity of your blog and your decision to include the variety of topics of interest to you.

    I’m taking Kristen Lamb’s Blogging to Build Brand and haven’t yet removed the training wheels from that social media ride. Hopefully, things will get easier. I spend far too much of my writing hours on Social Media tasks.

    Hopefully, that’s a start-up issue. KUDOS on your achievements, and thanks for stopping by to comment on mine.

    • Karen Rought says:

      Thanks for stopping by to comment on mine in return! I NEED to take some of Kristen’s classes. I’m surrounded by all sorts of people who have, so I feel a little behind when I tell them that I’ve yet to delve into those. I’m glad you like the diversity – it’s something that keeps *me* entertained, so I’m hoping that translates into entertaining my readers, too. Thanks for all the compliments, you have no idea how awesome that makes me feel! Like I said on your blog, good luck with everything and I hope you knock it all out of the park!

  4. You wrote 10,380 word this week? Seriously? That’s just awesome. We aren’t perfect, so we won’t always make every goal. But you did so well on the word count that you should definitely be proud of this week’s accomplishments. Good job!

    • Karen Rought says:

      Trust me, I was just as surprised as you were when I tallied up my numbers. That’s a first in a long time for me, and you better believe I’m proud! Thanks for stopping in. 🙂

  5. Wow – now that’s an amazing word count and it ROCKS to read about someone so pumped up about their story. Love it. It inspires me. That’s the feeling I want to channel and discover. It’ll come…I know…just taking me longer to feel like my feet are under me than I thought it would.
    Anyway, back to you – amazing week. I didn’t meet my exercise goals either – lol – amazing that that’s always the first one to go, eh?! LOL!!
    Soooo happy to read that you are having a blast blogging…I hear ya!! I’ve developed a definite addiction as well. :-)))

    • Karen Rought says:

      Thanks for stopping by, Natalie! I think we need to make exercise our focus for this next week and meet up on Sunday to see how we did! I’m definitely going to try to do better with that this time around. I’m so glad that my word count and enthusiasm inspires you! *blushes* It’s the number one thing that makes me know beyond any doubt that I’m absolutely doing the right thing. Good luck with this following week!

  6. carolyn mallory says:

    Your week sounds like mine – great at the beginning, not so strong at the end. But life is good, so keep it up!!

  7. Wow–10K in a week is stupendous!

    I think it’s great to be addicted to blogging–it’s such a great tool for making connections, and feeling great about putting ourselves out there as writers.

    I always find that I actually write more when I stay tuned into the blogging world. (Except for when I go into the bat cave to really buckle down, of course!)

    YAY for writing and blogging!

    Have a great week this week!

    • Karen Rought says:

      Thank you, Heather! And I totally agree about the inspiration that blogging brings along – how can you NOT be inspired when you see everyone else being so amazing? I love it – every second. I’m just kicking myself that I didn’t do it sooner. Thanks for the compliments, and I hope you have a great week this week, too!

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